What is JICA Alumni?

About JICA Alumni Association
1. Outline of JICA Alumni Association
In 1954, Japan began accepting overseas technical participants, and by now, the number of participants accepted under JICA programmes had exceeded 160,000.
Over the years, a host of alumni associations have been voluntarily formed by former participants wishing to maintain contact with Japan or learn more about the country. The first alumni association was set up in the Philippines in 1967, and today there are 84 alumni associations world-wide, catering for more than 40,000 members in 78 countries.
2. Activities of Alumni Associations
Initially, alumni associations concentrated on activities conducive to strengthening friendship with Japan and amongst their members. In recent years, however, they have been involved in more wide-ranging activities, including collaboration in the activities of Japanese embassies and JICA overseas offices and community service.
<Activity Examples>
  • Annual general meeting and regular meetings
  • Issuance of an association newsletter and preparation of a member directory
  • Community volunteer activities (free medical consultation, construction of parks, etc.)
  • Sponsoring of Japanese culture familiarisation events (Japanese language, flower arrangement, bonsai, etc.)
  • Sponsoring of Japanese film screening events
  • Pre-departure briefing for participants bound for Japan
  • Local briefing and homestay arrangement for JOCV workers
  • Dissemination of information on Japanese ODA programs
  • Collaboration in technical co-operation needs surveys and evaluations
  • Friendship exchange with expatriate Japanese (hiking, sports days, etc.)

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